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Good News - April 2018

The Dave-I’m-Stealing-Your-Title Article

Woodlane Community, welcome to the workings of my brain during the insanity we call Holy Week. I want to give you a preview of what’s coming up for our Easter worship series, as it has played out in so many ways during the weeks previous – “Life in (ad)HD”.

This is a series on focus. This is a series on how we wade through not the information age that everybody tends to call it, but the attention deficit age. A few months ago, as I started working with the web developer on redesigning our website, I reminded myself of a scary truth – the site has seven (7) seconds to catch somebody’s attention before they will leave. I learned that fact about 4 years ago. Today, that time has probably dropped by a few seconds.

So how do we keep sane in a world where everything is screaming for our attention? That’s what this series is going to address, so forgive me if I recycle some of these lines during the next month (consider this your spoiler alert!). Here’s a few tips.

1)      Put your phone on Do Not Disturb. If you don’t have a cell phone, unplug your landline (same thing). I have been studying the techniques of a “superlearner” lately, and he recently told the story how he accidentally forgot to disable the “do not disturb” function on his phone one day. He got more done in that 8 hours than he did the entire previous week. I’ve seen similar results myself. Right now, I have the door closed, my noise cancelling headphones cranking out my writing music, and I even shut off the third monitor on my desk (gasp!). And even with a special keyboard, I can’t type fast enough to get all the ideas out!

2)      Try working on one thing for 20-30 minutes, and then give yourself a break. That means one…1…numero uno…thing. It’s been said that any time we move between tasks, it can take up to 15 minutes to get back in the groove of whatever we are doing. Multiply that 15 minutes by however many times ANYTHING interrupts you, and you can quickly see how time gets away and we feel like we don’t get anything done. Focus intensely on that one task for a short period, give yourself a break, and repeat.

3)      Recognize that some things will require extra-long focus. For instance, I can’t write a sermon in 25 minutes (maybe one section). But when Thursday afternoon arrives and I know I need to get it done, I have to separate myself for 2-3 hours, focus deeply, and crank it out. You may have a project or task that will require the same block of time. Try to set up that time, so you can get it all done at once.

I hope this gives you something to chew on. Want some more ideas? Hang with us on Sunday mornings during April. There’s lots to come!

Happy Easter!

Pastor Brian



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Wake Up CallWho Is Like God? (1/4)Micah 1:1-7
Good News For SaleWho Is Like God? (2/4)Micah 3:1-12
Who Are You Again?Who Is Like God? (3/4)Micah 4:6-5:5a
God Like No OtherWho Is Like God? (4/4)Micah 7:14-20
First Things FirstThanksgivingPsalm 50:1-15, 23
Lead By The HeadChrist the King SundayEphesians 1:15–23
Matter-ingTGI Monday (1/6)Matthew 28:1-10
God's SuperhighwayTGI Monday (2/6)Matthew 22:34-40
As Is, Just AsTGI Monday (3/6)Luke 19:1-10
Authentic LivingTGI Monday (4/6)Genesis 1-2
How Not To Be A Christian At WorkTGI Monday (5/6)1 Peter 3:13-16
Kingdom PlatformTGI Monday (6/6)Colossians 3:12-25
Remembering Your First LoveSeeking God (1/10)Hosea 10, 11, 14
Grabbing a SliceSeeking God (2/10)1 Chronicles 12, 16, John 13
The Truth About The TruthSeeking God (3/10)1 John 1:5-10
No MoreSeeking God (4/10)John 8:2-11
God's GlueSeeking God (5/10)Ephesians 2:1-9
Getting ReadySeeking God (6/10)1 Peter 1:13-21
Love's Acid TestSeeking God (7/10)John 14:15-24
We're GoodSeeking God (8/10)1 John 4:5-21
A Prisoner FreedSeeking God (9/10)Matthew 18:21-35
Light PowerSeeking God (10/10)Galatians 5:16-26
Promise KeeperRefuel (1/5)John 14:18-31
John 16:4-15
Cosmic MathRefuel (2/5)Mark 1:1-11
Fruity LivingRefuel (3/5)Galatians 5:16-26
Step OneRefuel (4/5)John 3:1-16
Set ApartRefuel (5/5)Romans 8:1-11
Fear Not Unshakeable (1/6)Matthew 28:1-10
On Your FeetUnshakeable (2/6)John 21:1-19
I Have This Hope
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Unshakeable (3/6)1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The Most Perfect Imperfect PrayerUnshakeable (4/6)Mark 9:14-29
God's Job DescriptionUnshakeable (5/6)Exodus 3:1-15
Confidence In The ChaosUnshakeable (6/6)John 16:25-33

Going Deeper

These questions and actions are designed to help you find ways to take Sunday’s Scripture out into the world as the hands and feet of Christ. 

Making You Think

·         Is there anything that is not God’s to take back as He might desire?

·         Why can it seem difficult to give thanks if we feel we have received “little”?

·         Read 2 Chronicles 1:11-12 - How does this fit with “ask and you shall receive”? What’s different about the two ideas?

Memory Verse

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8 (NRSV)

Next Steps

Every time you do a financial transaction this week, recite your memory verse in your head. As this truth sticks, it will come up in those other times of life when you need such an assurance.



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